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EKS Songbook Level One  Euphoria – House

Songbook Level One

Understanding the chart

Download and print out the score, so that you can refer to it as you follow the keyboard chart.


Go through the chart, step by step, looking at each bit and understanding what the chart is asking you to do.

Step One

The first thing you will see is the name of the tune, ‘Euphoria’, and the name of the composer. The title is the important one as, if you had a number of songs to play, it is essential that you play the correct one!

Step Two

At the top left hand side, before the tune starts, you will see the note '4 Clicks'. This means that you will hear four clicks before the tune starts. This will help count you into the song.

Step Three

Next is the time signature, ‘C’ which is the sign for ‘common time’ and means that there are four beats in each bar. This is familiar territory for you.

Step Four

The tune starts with an Introduction that builds steadily into the first Chorus over sixteen bars. Each bar, of the first section of the Introduction, has a whole note in the left hand and two half note triads in the right hand. Basically, this is a two bar phrase, repeated four times. Start by taking a quick look at the pattern, work out the triads, and then play the two bar phrase around and around until you are comfortable.

The second half of the Introduction uses the same two bar sequence, but the rhythm is more intense. In this section, there is a mixture of quarter and eighth notes — in the right hand only. The only variation is bar 16 of the Introduction, where there is a half note on beats 3 and 4.

Step Five

After the Introduction, there are four bars rest for the keyboard player. Here the groove settles in, after the drums come in to set up the groove . The Chorus is sixteen bars long. From the fifth bar of the Chorus (bar 21), you play half note triads for eight bars. Half way through the twelfth bar you pick up the rhythm again, by playing a quarter note followed by two eighth notes.

Step Six

The Verse is a thirty two bar section. The chord sequence thoughout is an eight bar repetitive pattern. Look at the triads and the rhythm, and practise running round those eight bars to become comfortable with the sequence.

The dynamics of the section builds steadily, so make sure you build as the rest of the band builds. Pay attention to when the guitar comes in, after sixteen bars, and begins to make the tune more exciting.

Step Seven

The Chorus then drops down into a Breakdown section, which creates a musical pause in the dynamics. After the four bars of the Breakdown are completed, the song moves into the Introduction section again, building (as was the was the case in the previous Introduction) back into another Chorus.

Step Eight

The Chorus is the last part of the song. It is played in exactly the same way as the first Chorus, except that there are an extra four bars. The song finishes on a single whole note. The end of the tune is marked by ‘Fine’, which means ‘finish’.

Step Nine

Now, watch and listen to the multimedia files and follow the chart through a couple of times. Once you have done that, have a go yourself. You can play with the keyboard player, or mute the keyboard track so that you can play with the band on your own.

Remember to:

  1. Concentrate.
  2. Count.
  3. Look at the chart as you play.
  4. Cycle the difficult bits and practise them.
  5. Slow it down to a tempo at which you can read and play.
  6. Have fun.

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